Of Mountain Lions, Katherine Heigl, and the Chess Federation

Last night, self and hubby had dinner with Kathleen, across the Bay in Newark. It was a “Noo Yawk” reunion of sorts: the last time any of us had seen each other was possibly at self’s older sister’s wedding, 1982. 1982!!! The wedding took place at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and the reception was at some swank hotel, possibly the Waldorf.

This morning, self discovers there is a mountain lion loose in Redwood City. Yes, that is the news self is greeted with when she first stumbles to flat-screen HDTV this morning. Alas, self has no idea where “California Way” is, except that it is identified as the area in Redwood City where the mountain lion was last sighted.

Now, to Katherine Heigl: this actress has been all over the talk shows. Last night she was on Letterman, this morning she pops up on “Good Morning, America” and “Live with Regis & Kelly.” She is pretty, but her ambition is rather too naked for self.

Finally, here’s an exceedingly interesting article (at least, it was interesting to self when she read it a few minutes ago) about hi-jinks in the chess world. It’s from The New York Times of Saturday, 18 July:

A member of the (chess) federation was arraigned Friday in Federal District Court in San Jose, Calif., and charged with identity theft and breaking into the e-mail account of a federation board member.

According to the indictment, the accused, Gregory Alexander of Everett, Wash., accessed the e-mail account of the board secretary, Randall Hough, at least 34 times.

The federation has alleged in a lawsuit that Mr. Alexander read messages between Mr. Hough and an outside counsel hired by the federation, the governing body of chess. The counsel, Karl S. Kronenberger, had been hired to investigate accusations that two federation members posted thousands of obscene and defamatory messages on Internet bulletin boards under the name of a board member in order to get themselves elected to the board.

End of quote and the interesting part of the article. The rest is blah-blah-blah about someone declining to comment, lawsuits, and a certain chess federation board member named Paul Truong.

Apologies, dear blog readers, but self has no comment to make on the fate of Paula Abdul!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


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